Virtual Past: Bringing the History of Walberswick to Life.

Under the threat of German invasion in the summer of 1940, the creation of a defensive 'coastal crust' represented one of the largest construction projects in British history. Hundreds of miles of beaches were closed off to the public and fortified with barbed wire, minefields and gun emplacements. The traces of this defence landscape are now only visible archaeologically and it is sometimes difficult to visualise the impact of these defence works on the British coastline. The small village of Walberswick, Suffolk, is a historically important landscape containing a wealth of information on World War II defences that allows us to recreate the military environment of 1940. Use the menu on the left to find out more!

Why not relive the past for yourself by watching a 3D reconstruction?


Site highlights

Start your Journey

Discover some basic facts about Walberswick, and read a brief introduction as to why the Suffok coast needed defending during WW2. Start Here!

Learning Zone

Learn about the defence of Suffolk and Walberswick during 1940, and discover the location of WW2 defences. Enter the Learning Zone!

Teaching Resources

Download teaching resources and an education pack for use with the National Curriculum. Go to the Pack!